Wonderfully beat-heavy work by Quantic – a wicked mix of classic elements and lots of funky roots – but served up in a leaner, cleaner style overall! The approach is a bit more produced than the live work of Quantic – almost in the early Ninja Tune mode – mixing together ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Quantic goes back to the old school with this sweet little set – and by that, we mean his own old school – from the years when he was mixing a lot more electric elements in his music! The record takes all the great Quantic sounds in recent years – his experiments with deep funk, ... read moreCD
Rebellum (Burnt Sugar Arkestra) —
Darknuss ... CD Burnt Sugar/Avantgroidd, 2014. New Copy ...
A blistering blend of righteous sounds, funky jazz, and knowledge – very much in the best Burnt Sugar tradition, but served up here by their Rebellum offshoot! Lyrics and beats are from the mighty Greg Tate – and definitely reflect his long connection to progressive cultural ... read moreCD
A very groovy little set – one that features jazz guitar versions of a host of familiar tunes – including takes on The Pharcyde's "Runnin" and the Souls Of Mischief classic "93 Til Infinity"! The approach is very nice – mostly jazz guitar in the lead of the ... read moreCD
A collection of some of the best funky numbers from Ron Levy's Wild Kingdom – a loose assemblage of players headed by organist Ron Levy, and featuring funky legends Karl Denson and Melvin Sparks on a few tracks! The set pulls together a dozen tunes from Levy's self-released CDs – ... read moreCD
Proggy jazz funk and rock from the Ruffcats – the excellent German combo that have honed their chops and developed a stellar reputation as a go-to backing band for headliners as diverse as Miles Bonny, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Flo Mega and many more! Essence Vol 3 touches on the far reaching ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download card – which includes the complete Essence Vol 2 and Volume 3 – with 8 album tracks plus 6 bonus cuts.)
The amazing return of the Shaolin Temple Defenders – a group who've really deepened their sound since we last heard from them! On previous albums, the Defenders were a razor-sharp funk combo – a French ensemble who'd really studied the funky 45 underground of the late 60s and early 70s ... read moreCD
Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens —
Cold World ... CD Daptone, 2014. New Copy ...
A great one from Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens – a record that's done with deeper raw soul roots than their Daptone debut – but which still holds onto all the group's uplifting gospel spirit! The best records on Daptone are big on old school soul and funk reverence, but show ... read moreCD
Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens —
Cold World ... LP Daptone, 2014. New Copy ...
A great one from Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens – a record that's done with deeper raw soul roots than their Daptone debut – but which still holds onto all the group's uplifting gospel spirit! The best records on Daptone are big on old school soul and funk reverence, but show ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A mad, sax heavy live set from Skerik – recorded live in Seattle in 2002. Skerik blows soulfully on tenor and baritone saxophone, with a strong line-up that includes Craig Flory doubling up on the baritone sax, Joe Doria on Hammond B3, Steve Moore on trombone and Wurlitzer, Hans Teuber on ... read moreCD
Amazing – and after a decade it's still probably one of our favorite Ubiquity releases to date! To the unitiated, Rhode Trip is a killer album of jazzy funk by one of the best west coast groups on Ubiquity or any other label! They had some of the best cuts on the classic "Cookin'" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Andre Solomko is an artist who was born a few decades late – the kind of talent who would have been right at home in the CTI scene of the 70s – where he no doubt would have risen to great fame for his music! Yet we're also more than happy to have him working strong here in the 21st ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Nice heavy vinyl and cover!)
Soulful Orchestra —
Mood So ... CD Soulful Torino/Record Kicks (Italy), 2013. New Copy ...
A group that really lives up to its title – and one with a sound that's proudly in the mode of the best Northern Soul of the 60s! The backings are full, and done in a style that's strongly inspired by Detroit soul of the Motown years – a bit rougher and more funky overall, given the ... read moreCD
A great solo set from music man Miles – an artist you'll know best for his fierce work in Breakestra – the legendary Cali funk and soul torch carriers! The set's got a very hip vibe – done in a diverse blend of LA styles – from early 70s folk and psychedelic soul, to harder- ... read moreCD
A great solo set from music man Miles – an artist you'll know best for his fierce work in Breakestra – the legendary Cali funk and soul torch carriers! The set's got a very hip vibe – done in a diverse blend of LA styles – from early 70s folk and psychedelic soul, to harder- ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Heavy funk from Michigan's Third Coast Kings – sounding better here than ever before, with a groove that really lives up to their Detroit soul legacy! The combo is mostly instrumental – and have really found a way to fuse tight guitar lines with the rhythms – so that the groove ... read moreCD
The UBs return with a funky soul covers – this one featuring great versions of quite stylistically different numbers by Ohio soul legend Kenny Smith – a slightly funked up take on the northern soul gem "Everybody Knows I Love You" and the straight up funky "Think About ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Laura Vane & The Vipertones —
Bodyquake ... CD Unique (Germany), 2014. New Copy ...
An even more playful set than before from Laura Vane & The Vipertones – a record that still has some of the older funk and soul elements of previous releases, but which also comes across with a more contemporary vibe as well – a kind of bouncy, jaunty sort of soul that seems to work ... read moreCD
An even more playful set than before from Laura Vane & The Vipertones – a record that still has some of the older funk and soul elements of previous releases, but which also comes across with a more contemporary vibe as well – a kind of bouncy, jaunty sort of soul that seems to work ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nick Waterhouse —
Holly ... CD Innovative Leisure, 2014. New Copy ...
Damn deep grooves from Nick Waterhouse – a singer we've always liked a lot, and one who really seems to sharpen his edge here with some great elements from older R&B! Nick's already proved himself to be one heck of a soulful vocalist – and this time around he picks up more grit ... read moreCD
Throw away all your 70s electric funk records – because the classic sound is back, and fresher than ever! Yesterday's New Quintet is a side project from hip hop producer Madlib – and the group's firmly steeped in a love of the mellow funky sound of 70s labels like Kudu and CTI. Vibes ... read moreCD
A contemporary classic from Adrian Younge – and his first full soul album, after some previous soundtrack material! The record's got all the fragile, lovestruck qualities you'd expect from the image on the cover – a real throwback to the glory days of indie soul, particularly the East ... read moreCD
A killer compilation of Daptone Gold – a funky and soulful collection that's a perfect snapshot of the sounds coming out of Daptone's House Of Soul recording studios in the aughties! The Daptone sound spins from a tight community of players with the deepest love and respect for the classic, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(The vinyl package is excellent – with a gold foil gatefold sleeve, full color 11 X 13 poster, a Daptone sticker, and full album MP3 download that includes a bonus Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings Christmas song that's not on the physical release!)
Fresh out the box – a baker's dozen totally fresh cuts – even if you've already been digging all the great recent albums and singles on the Freestyle label! Freestyle's headquartered in London, with a keen ear for the best sounds bubbling around in the contemporary underground – ... read moreCD